All tagged Gospel

Having a Good Fight

I was reading Proverbs the other day and Proverbs 18:13 hit me. It was particularly poignant because I have been thinking about how I communicate to people. Whether it be talking to Taryn, friends at New College, people at church, or in my thesis.

For Us but Not Of Us

A paragraph from the new translation of Bavinck’s The Sacrifice of Praise has been stuck in my head. It comes right after Bavinck quotes from Matthew 10:37-38, 16:25, 18:18, and Mark 10:29-30. If you look at these passages they are all about the cost of discipleship. The cost of following Christ. To follow Christ, we must take up our cross, deny father and mother, tear out our eyes or cut off our hands if they are causing us to sin.

Our Refuge

It is amazing how many people I talk to these days that find their schedules completely jam packed with stuff. When I ask someone how they are the answer usually goes, ‘Good. Busy. But good.’ I get it. I feel like I am barely getting a moment free these days. On top of personal busyness, it seems like the news can keep us busy as well. No matter what side of debate you are on, you are being called to care deeply about everything. From Brexit to Scottish Independence to Kavanaugh to LeBron as a Laker, we are all supposed to have a deep emotional and temporal engagement. Life can be overwhelming.

Suffering, Adversity, and Controversy

Though many may not know this by looking at me, I like to workout. I often say that the gym is the only place I feel like I can turn my brain off and just lift heavy things. I am not the best athlete. It is often a long hard slog, but for the hour that I am in the gym, I enjoy it. Usually, as the day moves on, I find that my muscles are sore and I feel the repercussions of having had a hard workout, yet I go back the next day to do it again. During the workouts I often want to quit, yet it is the encouragement of those around me and the knowledge of the end goal that keeps me going.

Remembering the Gospel

My friend and fellow Bavinck scholar, Bruce, wrote a blog the other day that reminded me of a small text by John Calvin. It is a short booklet called The Necessity of Reforming the Church. In a nutshell, it is Calvin's defense of why the church needs reformation and what reformation will look like. Bruce's blog got me to pick the book up once more and look at it. The simplicity and straightforward nature of the book struck me. Yet, that simplicity does not betray its depth.